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The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards topped a
preseason football game on Fox for the ratings win Sunday night (Aug. 29), according to live plus same day viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research.
The Emmys, which aired from 8-11 p.m. on the East coast and
also aired live coast-to-coast, scored a 4.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic, according
to time zone-adjusted fast-national Nielsen numbers. That is just behind last year's 4.2 rating, which aired on CBS in late September. The 2010 awards were moved up to August to accomodate NBC's broadcast of Sunday Night Football, but the telecast stayed on par in total viewers, with 13.50 million tuning in last night vs. 13.47 million in 2009.
In head-to-head competition, Fox earned a 2.9
rating. The Emmys easily won the night among total viewers with 10.5 million
followed by Fox with 7.7 million and CBS, which aired Big Brother and reruns of
Undercover Boss and CSI: Miami, with 6.6 million viewers.